- Never pet, call, talk, feed, whistle to, or otherwise distract a service dog or dog in training. To do so can potentially injure a disabled handler and earn the dog a correction.
- Ignore a service dog or puppy in training. Remember, they are NOT pets; they are being trained to do a very important job.
- If you feel you must pet a service dog or puppy in training, ask first. Do not feel offended if the handler says no. The dog (or handler) might be having a bad day, or might be in a hurry.
- Train children to never pet a strange dog – ANY dog – without first asking permission. Teach them to follow your lead.
Remember, a service dog is as vital to a person with disabilities as a wheelchair or cane.